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Sport Fantasy Football Rankings 2021: Busts from same model that called Smith-Schuster's disappointing season

18:57  24 july  2021
18:57  24 july  2021 Source:   cbssports.com

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After setting an NFL record with 149 receptions in 2019, the last phrase anyone expected to associate with Michael Thomas was "Fantasy football bust." That's exactly what the New Orleans Saints receiver was last year, as Thomas went from the top fantasy player at his position to ranking outside the top 100 receivers. He missed time due to various issues, playing in just seven games and posting 438 yards and no touchdowns. With news that he'll likely miss multiple weeks of the new NFL season following ankle surgery, where should he be in your 2021 Fantasy football rankings?

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With Thomas also having to adjust to running slant routes for either Taysom Hill or Jameis Winston, can he once again become Fantasy-relevant? His 2021 Fantasy football ADP of the fourth round prior to the ankle news indicated that owners were leaning towards him bouncing back instead of being one of the 2021 Fantasy football busts. Before you go on the clock for your Fantasy football 2021 drafts, be sure to check out the 2021 Fantasy football cheat sheets from the proven computer model at SportsLine.

Last year, the model accurately predicted that Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster would be a bust. He had a fourth-round ADP, but the model ranked him as just the No. 14 receiver, behind players like A.J. Brown, Adam Thielen and Calvin Ridley. The result: Smith-Schuster finished 20th among wide receivers.

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The model is powered by the same people who generated projections for all three major Fantasy sites, and it beat human experts last season when there was a big difference in ranking. The projections update multiple times daily, so you're always getting the best Fantasy football advice.

Now, SportsLine has simulated the entire NFL season 10,000 times and released its latest Fantasy football rankings 2021, identifying several potential Fantasy football busts. Head to SportsLine now to see them.

Top 2021 Fantasy football busts


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One of the 2021 Fantasy football busts the SportsLine model is calling: Steelers receiver Diontae Johnson. The former Toledo star emerged as Ben Roethlisberger's favorite target last year, leading the team with 923 yards to go along with 88 receptions and seven touchdowns. Only seven players in the NFL saw more targets than Johnson's 144, even though he missed nearly two full games.

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Johnson averaged just 10.5 yards per reception, which ranked 98th in the league and shows the limitations of his game. He's more of a possession receiver than a downfield threat, and the Steelers realized late last year that their offense needs more of the latter. Chase Claypool and James Washington provide the ability to separate, and Pittsburgh's offense will likely focus more on them, especially with Roethlisberger's arm stronger after another year removed from elbow reconstruction.

The Steelers drafting Najee Harris in the first round also shows they will put more of an emphasis on the ground game, so Johnson may not see anywhere near the 144 targets he saw last season. SportsLine's model pegs Johnson as the 39th receiver in non-PPR leagues, much lower than the 26th position he's being drafted on average.

Another bust that SportsLine's Fantasy football rankings 2021 have identified: Cardinals receiver Rondale Moore. The former Boilermaker set the Big Ten ablaze as a freshman in 2018 with 1,471 scrimmage yards and 14 touchdowns, but he played in just seven games over the last two years due to injuries. He was drafted in the second round and goes to a deep receiving core in Arizona, with DeAndre Hopkins, A.J. Green and Christian Kirk all ahead of him on the depth chart.

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His lack of durability and size (5-foot-7, 180 pounds) are knocks against Moore, and those will become even bigger concerns in the NFL. He has drawn undesirable comparisons to Tavon Austin as the similarly diminutive receiver was unstoppable in college but had far less success in the NFL, finishing outside the top 50 as a rookie in Fantasy positional rankings. Moore's 11th round ADP is on par with players like Mecole Hardman and DeVante Parker, but SportsLine's model has those two producing at a higher level than Moore.

How to find proven 2021 Fantasy football rankings

SportsLine is also down on a young quarterback who was one of the top Fantasy performers down the stretch last season. This quarterback is listed outside the top 15 in positional Fantasy football 2021 rankings, behind veteran options like Kirk Cousins and Derek Carr. You can only see who it is, and the 2021 Fantasy football rankings for every player, at SportsLine.

So which 2021 Fantasy Football busts should you avoid? And which QB fails to replicate last season's production? Visit SportsLine now to get 2021 Fantasy Football cheat sheets for every single position, all from the model that called JuJu Smith-Schuster's down season, and find out.

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